Next Membership meetings
Thursday, March 28 – 7pm – Foxdale Village Auditorium – 1st floor; Parking available in Foxdale Parking Garage – deck level – well lighted.
Jim Walizer, WOCC Board Member, will speak on the Early Lumber Industry – a subject he has researched and one of great interest to him.
This is a slideshow presentation on the early lumber industry in Williamsport, PA. It covers an era from when the first log raft came down the Susquehanna in 1807 to the flood of 1889 when Williamsport lost its dominance in manufacturing lumber. It also shows how each new technology improved timber harvesting.
Saturday April 27 – Laurel Haven Spring Cleaning – 9am – bring cleaning supplies; work gloves; managing carpenter bees(??); outdoor equipment to clear trails. Light lunch and drinks provided.
The Ag Progress Days demonstration woodlot tour will focus on a recent timber sale to salvage hemlock dying from wooly adelgid. Hemlock wooly adelgid is an exotic invasive insect that attacks hemlock. Seeing the pending loss plans were set in motion to harvest the dying trees. The tour will discuss why some trees were left and others selected for harvest. Tree value as seed sources, wildlife habitat, and aesthetics will be highlighted. The discussion of harvesting options will demonstrate how to achieve appropriate future forest conditions, the highest long-term economic return, and improved wildlife habitat. The tour will also touch on other items including pre-commercial thinning, woods road stabilization, invasive plant control, and deer browse impact.
Woodlot tour will be led by Dr. Jim Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources and State Forest Resources Extension Leader. Dr. Finley has been managing the Ag Progress Days Woodlot for nearly 40 years.